The market is absolutely saturated with FAT LOSS this, WEIGHT LOSS that, to the extent of not knowing where to turn to for accurate, real nutrition advice. So let me be straight… any article that starts with ‘You need this supplement to burn fat’, isn’t the one for you. You probably already know that diet is the key to healthy weight management, the food you eat is what it all comes down to. There is of course other factors that come into play, physical activity and exercise being the other main one, as well as nutritional supplements and their role in metabolic spiking, appetite control and gastrointestinal transit rate of fat. Get nutrition, physical activity and supplements working in unison… and you’re onto a winning recipe!
When utilising the nutrition supplement, remember that it’s about the cumulative fat burning effect of supplements i.e. how one supplement works better when it is combined with another, and NOT simply using one supplement because it’s called ‘Ultra Mega Fat Burning Extraordinaire’… this really isn’t the way it works.
Below is a list of what I consider to be an optimal combination of nutrition supplements, the ideal fat loss supplement stack:
1.) Whey Protein Concentrate
Probably not what you might expect to see, because whey protein isolate is generally the accepted ‘ideal’ protein for weight loss, and to all intents and purposes it is. HOWEVER, many whey concentrate proteins are as low in carbs and fat as out and out isolates meaning it doesn’t always make sense to pay the extra money for an isolate when you can have an ‘isolate blend’ i.e. a whey protein concentrate for far less money.
The beauty of whey protein concentrates are their affordability and yet comprehensive nutritional composition. Yes there are some exceptions to this loose rule, but get it right and you will have a protein content of around 80%+, carb content of less than 1-2g, per serving, and total calories at or around 100-200kcals, all of which are fine for fat loss.
Some great examples low calorie, low carb, high protein concentrates are:
2.) Weight Management Supplement AKA The Fat Burner
Could you lose weight without a fat burner? Of course you could. Would you be able to strip off that stubborn layer of body fat that you’ve clung onto for the last year or so without a supplement? More than likely… but not as easily as you could have done had you utilised a fat metabolising agent such as Grenade Thermo Detonator, PhD Nutrition Lean Degree or Reflex Nutrition Thermo Fusion.
All of the above supplements have a unique blend of active fat burning ingredients that include CLA, L-carnitine, Green tea extract and caffeine, as well as some others in very precise amounts. Generally these ingredients work in unison, one breaks down the fat stores (known as mobilisation of fat or lipolysis), the other actively transports the fatty acids around the body to the working muscle/ organs, whilst the other aids the entry of the fatty acids into the muscle so that it can be used for energy.
3.) Diet Bar
Let’s be absolutely clear here, some protein bars are laden with sugar, they taste great but so they bloody well should, they’re just a chocolate bar with added protein after all. Don’t get me wrong, there is a place for these in the market, especially with body builders who need extra protein and aren’t concerned at the additional calories that come with getting the protein in. However, in terms of fat loss, it is a little counterintuitive to start consuming a protein bar that provides 20g protein, but also 20g of sugar (for example). When selecting your protein bar for fat loss there are a few out and out leaders:
Consume one of these bars as a mid-morning or mid- afternoon snack, especially if you might struggle to know what to eat otherwise. The high protein count and low carb content keeps the metabolism fired up, as well as keeping your muscles fed (which also keeps the metabolic rate elevated), and satiates you making you less likely to snack on inappropriate foods.